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YELLOWSTONE PHOTOGRAPHY SYMPOSIUM SCHEDULE 2022

Schedule for our Annual Yellowstone Photography Symposium in West Yellowstone in May 2022

We are so excited to have you join us this year in West Yellowstone for the return of the Annual Greater Yellowstone Photography Symposium. Among our variety of instructors & vendors who will be in attendance this year, we are very happy to welcome back, Chas Glatzer, Canon Explorer Of Light to the Symposium. Chas is a very gifted photographer, teacher, & inspirational power house! Below you will find our current schedule for the Symposium along with links to downloadable / printable versions for your own use.


West Yellowstone - May 9th - 14th, 2022 Monday: May 9th

Registration opens at 8am - 9:15am in the Holiday Inn West Yellowstone Hotel Ball Room


Registration: 8am-9:15am – Join us at the Holiday Inn West Yellowstone just outside the Geyser Ball Room in the hotel. We'll get you signed in with a name tag and welcome packet.

Session 1: Rediscovering the Passion of Photography - 9:45am-10:45am

Panel of Instructors

Getting started by rediscovering a renewed outlook on the possibilities of why we do what we do and why it's so important.

Session 2: Photography Skill Set Refresher - PART 1 - 11:00am-12:30pm

Instructor: Christopher Balmer

Skills and technique for capturing the best images in camera. This class will include highlights from Christopher's arsenal of learning that instruct both beginner to advanced photographers on exposure, shooting technique and methodology of photography, whether utilizing DSLR or mirrorless cameras.


Lunch Break 12:30pm-2:00pm

There are plenty of area restaurants worth visiting for the lunch break within walking distance. Also, the Holiday Inn West Yellowstone has "The Branch" Restaurant that is located centrally within the hotel for those who would like to grab lunch, dinner or simply stop in for a refreshment. See below for our list of recommended eating establishments.


Session 3: Photography Skill Set Refresher - PART 2 - 2:00pm-4:00pm

Instructor: Christopher Balmer

Skills and technique for capturing the best images in camera. This class will include highlights from Christopher's arsenal of learning that instruct both beginner to advanced photographers on exposure, shooting technique and methodology of photography, whether utilizing DSLR or mirrorless cameras.

Session 4: Digiscoping: Getting Close From Far Away - 4:15pm-5:30pm

Instructor: Harold Klein

Utilizing Digiscopes with Spotting scopes. Learn how to get close up, even if the wildlife is too distant for most camera lenses to reach. Harold Klein will be instructing on the use of spotting scopes paired with a simple digiscope adapter. Learn how even with a cell phone you can obtain great video or stills from wildlife that is generally out of reach with most of our wildlife lens options.


 

Tuesday: May 10th

Optional: PARK TOUR: $159 Canyon / Hayden Valley / Lower Geyser Basin as time permits

Leaving at 6am from Three Bear Lodge - Return by or before 3pm. Space is Limited.

Call Perfect Light Camera (208) 523-6789 to reserve & pay for your spot.

ALL OPTIONAL PARK TOURS ARE FILLED!


Session 1: Landscape Photography - 8:30am-10:00am

Instructor: Kevin Odette

Learn how to capture beautiful landscape photographs in camera by understanding proper shooting technique, elements of composition, metering techniques for varied lighting conditions, how to sharpen your focus, usage of filters and obtaining image quality for stunning prints.

Session 2: Wildlife: ART of Nature Photography - 10:30am-12:30pm

Instructor: Christopher Balmer

Learn elements and skills necessary to capture stunning wildlife images. We'll cover the compositional elements required to set your photography apart. Settings and practices to photograph nature in any situation.


Lunch Break 12:30pm-2:00pm


Session 3: Gear Talk: What's Up With Nikon - 2:00pm-3:50pm

Instructor: NIKON's Jeff Mitchell

Join NIKON's Jeff Mitchell for a revealing talk about Nikon's latest gear and upcoming innovations.

Session 4: Digiscoping: Getting Close From Far Away - 4:15pm-5:30pm

Instructor: Adam Brubaker

Learn elements and the techniques and skills necessary to capture images of birds in flight. Learn from wildlife photographer and guide, Adam Brubaker as he takes you through the steps to improve your captures. You don't have to be a "birder" to join us.


 

Wednesday: May 11th

Optional: PARK TOUR: $159 Canyon / Hayden Valley / Lower Geyser Basin as time permits

Leaving at 6am from Three Bear Lodge - Return by or before 3pm. Space is Limited.

Call Perfect Light Camera (208) 523-6789 to reserve & pay for your spot.

ALL OPTIONAL PARK TOURS ARE FILLED!


Session 1: Creating Efficiency & Consistency - 8:30am-10:30am

Instructor: Christopher Balmer

Learn elements and skills necessary to become much greater in the efficiency and consistency of your photographic skills.

Learn the techniques that Christopher Balmer has implemented in his own career of photography to become much faster and even more precise in obtaining images in-camera ahead of the crowd.

Session 2: Light Your World - 11:00am-12:30pm

Instructor: NIKON's Jeff Mitchell

Join NIKON's Jeff Mitchell as he instructs on lighting techniques and use of lighting aids to increase the quality of your photography.


Lunch Break 12:30pm-2:00pm


Session 3: Lighting: Off-Camera Flash - 2:00pm-3:50pm

Instructor: Steven Hatch

Join us as we explore off camera lighting options with examples.

Session 4: Night Skies Photography - 4:15pm-5:45pm

Instructor: TAMRON's Marc Morris

Join TAMRON's Marc Morris as he shares the techniques and skills to elevate your night skies photography. Great for those just starting or current avid night shooters.


 

Thursday: May 12th

Optional: PARK TOUR: $159 Canyon / Hayden Valley / Lower Geyser Basin as time permits

Leaving at 6am from Three Bear Lodge - Return by or before 3pm. Space is Limited.

Call Perfect Light Camera (208) 523-6789 to reserve & pay for your spot.

ALL OPTIONAL PARK TOURS ARE FILLED!


Session 1: The Art of Composition: Tales of a Crop-a-holic - 8:30am-10:00am

Instructor: Jillian Bell of Tamron

Join Jillian as we go beyond basic composition. After discussing the types of composition, she will use image diagraming to demonstrate how utilizing placement, leading lines, and visual clues can better emphasis a subject. Look at how one image can change this emphasis in different ways. Jillian has a knack for cropping creatively based on the photos purpose. We’ll explore: Tension vs Resolution, Balance vs Asymmetry… and so much more..


Session 2: Shooting Video in Mirrorless Cameras - 10:30am-12:00pm

Instructor: DJ Evans

Learn techniques in shooting video with your mirrorless camera. Even DSLR shooters will benefit from this class.


Lunch Break 12:30pm-2:00pm


Session 3: Editing Video - 2:00pm-3:30pm

Instructor: DJ Evans

After DJ's class on shooting Video in the morning - come back and join him to learn how he puts clips of video, sound, B-roll and all that good stuff together to create something worth showing - whether it be for professional or recreational purposes.

Session 4: Science of Today's Optics - 4:15pm-5:45pm

Instructor: TAMRON's Marc Morris

Join TAMRON's Marc Morris as he shares from a vast knowledge of being in the industry of lens technology and working with the largest lens manufacturer in the world. And, if this doesn't sound like your thing - Marc makes it fun!


 

Friday: May 13th


Session 1: How To Sell Your Images & Win Contests - 8:30am-10:30am

Instructor: Christopher Balmer

Learn elements of composition & trade knowledge necessary for successfully selling images and winning contests.

Christopher will cover inside information on how best to sell your photography. In addition he will cover elements of pricing your images appropriately for your intended market.

Session 2: Animal Behavior: What To Look For - 10:45am-12:00pm

Instructor: Adam Brubaker

Join photographer and professional guide, Adam Brubaker, as he instructs on what to look for in animal behavior to increase your efficiency in getting "the shot!" Adam will be covering how to not only be safe around specific animals - but also, what to watch for in order to be ready for getting the best captures of wildlife.

Session 3: Micro Adjusting Lenses - 12:10pm-12:30pm

Instructor: Harold Klein

Struggling to get sharp images? Finding that your focus seems off? It may be necessary to micro adjust your focus point. Learn the skills to do so for your own gear as we cover the steps necessary to do so.


Lunch Break 12:30pm-2:00pm


Session 4: Print BIG at Home: Larger Format Print Possibilities - 2:00pm-3:30pm

Instructor: Jeff Pedersen (Red Cliffs Photography)

Jeff Pedersen of Red Cliffs Photography will be demonstrating what is possible with printing your own images at home. Jeff prints larger format images in sizes that are worth hanging on the wall (and selling). Join us as we cover the methods and machinery that Jeff uses to create beautifully impressive prints:

Session 5: EXPOSURE with CANON Explorer Of Light: Chas Glatzer - 4:00pm-6:00pm

Instructor: CANON's Explorer Of Light - Chas Glatzer

Join Chas Glatzer (our Keynote Speaker this year) for an enlightening discussion on capturing images with the best possible exposure in camera. Chas is a gifted speaker, both in knowledge and inspiration. His knowledge of understanding exposure - and how to get there is invaluable. Be sure to join us today as we welcome back, Chas Glatzer.


 

Saturday: May 14th


Session 1: Motion Blur: Hands-on Tutorial - 9:00am-9:50am

Instructor: Harold Klein

Motion Blur: Hands On Experience - Join Harold Klein as he walks you through the steps to obtain beautiful motion blur images. You'll want to have your camera with you for this class period. We will even head outside for some hands-on shooting.

Session 2: Getting Prepped for PRINT - Part I - 10:00am-11:00am

Instructor: Paul Kestel & Jared Mason of McKenna Pro

Introducing Paul Kestel of McKenna. Be sure to stop into our vendors hall during the week to chat with Paul about the many options that McKenna Pro offers.

McKenna is our professional print lab of choice!

Printing practices required to get ready to send your images to print.

Join us as we cover the best practices for preparing your photographic images before sending them off to a pro-lab.

Session 3: Getting Prepped for PRINT - Part II - 11:15am-12:15pm

Instructor: Jared Mason & Paul Kestel of McKenna Pro

Introducing Paul Kestel of McKenna. Be sure to stop into our vendors hall during the week to chat with Paul about the many options that McKenna Pro offers.

McKenna is our professional print lab of choice!

Printing practices required to get ready to send your images to print.

Join us as we cover the best practices for preparing your photographic images before sending them off to a pro-lab.


Lunch Break 12:30pm-2:00pm


Session 4: KEYNOTE Speaker - CANON Explorer Of Light: Chas Glatzer - 2:00pm-4:00pm

Instructor: CANON's Explorer Of Light - Chas Glatzer

Finish out the week inspired by one of the finest shooters and instructors from Canon's Explorers of Light! We are incredibly thankful to have Chas return to the Symposium this year and look forward to the inspiration he brings with him.

Giveaways & Goodbye 4:00pm-4:30pm



 


$497

Does Not Include Lodging, Meals or Additional Optional Park Tours




Inclusions:

  • Entry into all general sessions during the Symposium Monday thru Saturday.

  • Entry into giveaways.

  • Entry into vendors den and possibility to borrow lenses from available vendors.

Exclusions:

  • Excluded: Lodging, meals, park tours (which are optional).




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